By Alain de Botton

ISBN-10: 0307742695

ISBN-13: 9780307742698

From the bestselling writer of The paintings of Travel comes a wittily fascinating exploration of the unusual "non-place" that he believes is the innovative heart of our civilization.

Given extraordinary entry to at least one of the world's busiest airports as a "writer-in-residence," Alain de Botton stumbled on it to be a show off for lots of of the main crosscurrents of the trendy world--from our religion in expertise to our destruction of nature, from our international interconnectedness to our romanticizing of the unique. He met tourists from all over the place and spoke with everybody from luggage handlers to pilots to the airport chaplain. Weaving jointly those conversations and his personal observations--of every little thing from the poetry of room carrier menus to the eerie silence in the midst of the runway at midnight--de Botton has produced a unprecedented meditation on a spot that almost all folks by no means decelerate adequate to determine essentially. Lavishly illustrated in colour by means of popular photographer Richard Baker, A Week on the Airport unearths the airport in all its turbulence and soullessness and--yes--even beauty.

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